Hi! Our group conducts research in statistical machine learning. We are particularly interested in semi-supervised learning, graphical models, and Bayesian nonparametrics. Our approach is mathematical and formal, but we also have fun with applications in cognitive science and social media data mining. Please follow the "research" link above to see some recent projects, and the "publications" link to download publicly available academic papers, data sets, and code.
Current Graduate Students
Bryan R. Gibson
received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. After spending several years involved with online course production and distribution at UM, Bryan had the opportunity to work closely with Prof. Dragomir Radev on several NLP projects, followed by acceptance at the University of Wisconsin where he continues work with an outstanding group of collaborators, including Profs Jerry Zhu, Tim Rogers and Chuck Kalish. His research interests lie at the intersection of Machine Learning and Cognitive Psychology.
received his B.E. from Soongsil University, minored
in mathematics, and came to UW-Madison in 2009. His research interest
lies in semi-supervised learning, online learning, and Bayesian
nonparametrics. He enjoys riding bike in free time using bike paths in
received his M.Eng. and B.S. in Computer Science and
Technology from Nanjing University, China. He is a graduate
student working with Professor Xiaojin Zhu since 2009. His research focuses on
machine learning and its applications, such as social media and
psychology. Outside interests include swimming and hiking.
obtained his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. He started graduate study in 2010, advised by Professor Xiaojin Zhu. His research interests include semi-supervised learning, active learning and nonparametric Bayesian. In his free time, he likes basketball, swimming, tennis and is especially crazy about NBA games.
Masters and Bachelors
- Benjamin Burchfiel, BS. (Graduate student in CS, Duke University)
- Alex Furger, BS. (Graduate student in ORFE, Princeton University)
Lijie Heng, MS. (Software Engineer, Oracle)
Ming Li, Visiting student. (Assistant Professor, Nanjing University)
Mark Liu, MS.
Michael Maynord, BS. (Graduate student in CS, University of Maryland)
- Rachael McCormick, BS.
Ruichen Qian, BS. (Investment Banking Analyst, Morgan Stanley)
Jake Rosin (co-advised by Prof. Chuck Dyer)
Jurgen Van Gael, MS. (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
Steve Yazicioglu, BS. (Microsoft)
Information for Prospective Students
PhD admissions in our department are done by a committee, who evaluates all applications and makes decisions for the whole department. Individual faculty members do not accept students into their research groups. Sending me an email about your application will not increase your chance of being admitted into the program. You can find all the application information
you need online.
I am looking for PhD students in CS or ECE with a strong mathematical background. If you are already at Wisconsin and want to join my machine learning group, please send me an email. Please note that I rarely hire an incoming student as a research assistant. Most often we will be working together in an independent study course for a semester, so we get a chance to know if we enjoy working with each other.